Firm Profile > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands
Van Doorne Offices
1081 KM AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 75265, 1070 AG AMSTERDAM
Van Doorne > The Legal 500 Rankings
The 'exceptional' team at Van Doorne is led by the well-known Elisabeth Thole who is one of the most experienced data protection lawyers in the Netherlands. She is ably assisted by senior associate Özer Zivali advising on all aspects of GDPR compliance; notification of data breaches to the Data Protection Authorities and the affected data subjects. The work also includes claims/damage control and cyber insurance issues. It advises on all aspects of e-commerce, including reviewing websites and apps and drafting terms and conditions.
‘The team knows how the balance between legal and commercial importance. We see them as business partners.’
‘Exceptional data privacy and data protection team.’
‘What stands out for me is their ability to relate to our needs. They provided up-to-date knowledge and practical workings of the legislation and really worked with us.’
‘I was impressed with their level of knowledge and how they sought to try and educate participants on the subject. A key strength is their international network, the standing of their partner(s) in the field of data privacy/data protection and their ability to apply this to everyday situations.’
‘The counsellors of Van Doorne produce well-thought-out advice, written by highly knowledgeable people who are willing to go the extra mile. Compared to other firms, Van Doorne is relatively expensive. This is due to the high level of specialization requiring a high number of specialists performing the assignment. Some of which, however, are leading in their field.’
‘Great and professional team. Great expertise. Fast and clear, good business acumen. The team is up to speed and has deep industry knowledge. It also provides good service quality. It is my preferred law firm in the NL.’
‘They have a strong privacy team with strength in depth and are led very ably by Elisabeth Thole and for me, they are the best in this area in the Netherlands.’
Central Works Council of TNT
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Van Doorne's mediation practice brings together experts from across the firm, representing clients in a range of cases relating to liability, business and shareholder disputes, employment, and technology. The practice is led by Bas van Zelst, a highly respected practitioner who has published extensively on mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Employment Tier 1Van Doorne remains one of the key firms in the Netherlands for employment law and other related advisory work. Additionally, the firm houses one of the jurisdiction's strongest pension teams, with a good number of sector-wide and individual company pension funds among its client list. The firm is active in both advisory work and disputes, providing a full service across all aspects of employment law. Els de Wind focuses on cross-border matters and co-heads the team along with Marjolijn Lips. Other key figures within the team include specialist pension law advisor Albert van Marwijk Kooy, as well as senior associates Steven Sterk, who is particularly experienced in worker participation matters, and Cara Pronk, who assists de Wind in the international employment practice.
‘Van Doorne N.V. have considerable knowledge of the international legislation and provide extensive advice on the international law. They consider potential routes for the companies to take to minimise litigations and associated costs in the long term.‘
‘Van Doorne’s practice is unique in the combination of legal knowledge and business sense. We consider them as our trusted advisor on all employment law questions. They perform this role in a very professional and accessible way while delivering countervailing power at the same time.‘
‘Professional and very competent team. High expert level on the topics we address.‘
‘Els De Wind was the contact person for us in Van Doorne N.V. and we highly value her experience and advise in the international employment law.‘
‘Els de Wind and Niels van Boekel are very approachable and it feels like we have been working together for years.‘
‘Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk: they are both very knowledgeable, accessible, helpful and sharp, with short response times.‘
‘Friso Foppes and Cara Pronk are our primary partners. They both provide excellent service and are extremely responsive.‘
‘Marjolijn Lips and Willemien Bischot are senior partners with great expertise. With crisis, they are there for us, support us and will serve are interest. Lieke Bartelsman, Niels van Boekel are the driving force to get things done. They make thorough analyses on which they base their expert advice. They will always point out the risks involved.‘
‘We work with Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk. They are very accurate, flexible and substantively strong.‘
Avantor Performance Materials
DAMCO Aluminium Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A.
Datto Europe Limited
Hilton Foods Group
SThree Holding B.V.
TransIP (Group) BV
National Opera & Ballet
Works Council of Tele2
ING Pension Fund
NN Pension Fund
TNT Express Pension Fund
Sector-wide pension fund for the metal and engineering sector
Sabic Pension Fund
Sector-wide pension fund for the medical specialists
Sector-wide pension fund for the timber trade sector
Kuwait Petroleum Pension Fund
Sector-wide pension fund for general practitioners
Hewlett-Packard Pension Fund
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1
Van Doorne's practice was strengthened by the hire of counsel Vanessa Liem from the Institute for Financial Crime; Liem jointly heads the practice alongside the experienced Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere. This has bolstered the firm's already strong offering across white-collar crime issues, acting for national and international companies, alongside senior management on compliance and regulatory issues, internal investigations, and representation in criminal litigation. Matters include money-laundering, corruption, and other forms of workplace misconduct, with the team able to work on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases.
‘Highly experienced team, in both litigation and internal investigations.‘
‘Combines the knowledge of a boutique law firm with the operations of an international law firm.‘
‘The team consists of the experienced Ed van Liere and Jan Leliveld. Jan Leliveld has an engaging personality. He has a great network and knows how to bind people, so he gets things done. He is cooperative and therefore it is nice to work with him. The team has grown the past year, which shows that the practice is flourishing.‘
‘Jan Leliveld is a very dedicated and excellent defence lawyer. He is trustworthy and stands for what he says.‘
‘Highly experienced team, in both litigation and internal investigations. Van Doorne can swiftly build a dedicated skilled team who can execute a large amount of work in limited time. Their pragmatic approach enables them to work efficiently, anticipating material or legal difficulties. They easily adapt to client profile and organisation. They are used to international engagements with clients from different countries and culture. Communication is very easy with the lawyers who make themselves available anytime the case requires it.‘
‘Jan Leliveld (partner) provides accurate analysis of complex situations. Due to his significant experience of white collar crime cases, he anticipates possible evolutions of cases and legal consequences of investigation findings. His relational qualities help to handle elegantly sensitive situations.‘
‘Great team with Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere. And now also with counsel Vanessa Liem. We work with them often and they do great work. They combine long time experience with a more modern way of working and focus also on internal investigations etc. They are good at representing both corporates and individuals and have a good relationship with regulators.‘
Industry focus: Food Tier 1
Van Doorne provides end to end expertise to its food and beverages clients, who appreciate its 'accuracy, good service and collaborative approach'. The 'very experienced' Lisette Bieleveld heads up the team, and counts Starbucks Coffee Netherlands among the clients she is assisting with a range of corporate matters. The team also acts on sales, acquisitions and major supply, distribution and franchising agreements. Kriek Wille and Bart van Reeken are other senior key practitioners.
‘Very accurate professionals, listening well, compose very good contracts, good service (fast delivery and after-service), social skills, collaborative, exceptional availability and engagement, plenty of knowledge, very good communication.’
‘Knowledge of our business, specialists in certain fields.’
‘Lisette Bieleveld is very experienced in our type of business.’
Agrico B.V. (potatoes)
Ahold Europe Real Estate & Construction B.V. (Albert Heijn and Gall&Gall)
AMC Grupo Alimentacion Fresco y Zumos S.
Baarsma Wine Group Nederland
Bedo Imex B.V. (Akdos)
Bio Detection Systems B.V.
Carbonell Nederland B.V.
C.I.V. Superunie B.A.
Coöperatieve Inkoopcombinatie Dranken Compagnie U.A.e
Detailresult Services B.V. (Dirk van den Broek and DekaMarkt)
De Banketgroep B.V.
Distilleries Group Toorank B.V.
Drie Mollen International B.V.
Dutch Bakery Holding B.V.
Emmi Benelux B.V.
FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V.
The Van Doorne practice is praised by clients for its customer care and the breadth of its expertise. Team head Bart van Reeken is singled out for his 'personal touch' whilst dealing with high-stakes cases. His clients range from large corporates to start-ups, which he assists with outsourcings, joint ventures and a range of IT contracts. Louis Jonker stands out for his 'smart, highly driven' approach to transactions and contentious work; he has a focus on the digital health and fintech sectors. Arno Voerman is noted for his expertise in fintech regulation and Elisabeth Thole is well known on the data protection front.
‘Van Doorne is well equipped, extremely responsive and professional. They have a number of very experienced lawyers in different fields of law. People you will work with in Van Doorne are all good lawyers as are many in similar law firms but at Van Doorne they are extremely businesses orientated, capable of perfectly understanding objectives client wants to achieve and thinking out of the box all the time.’
‘Mr. Louis Jonker stands out with his legal knowledge, understanding of the IT and gambling industry and dedication to the client’s needs.’
‘Without a doubt their general knowledge was very strong related to my issues. I had to take on a large publicly listed multinational. This conflict would and could have had a major financial impact on my company. Being a smaller sized company, this wasn’t easy. Mr. Reeken helped me in an incredible way and we literally blew our opponent away in court and we won everything we asked for.’
‘For me, they were worth every Euro they charged me and I will highly recommend them to anybody. I assume in the same way as they were recommended to me.’
‘Next to being an excellent professional, I was impressed with the personal touch from Mr Reeken. He supported me legally, and he didn’t forget about what this case meant personally for me. He spent a lot of time as well giving me confidence and trust that we had a great chance to win. He advised and supported me so not to let this case have a too big impact on my personal life. Even when he was on holiday rather than simply delegating this to his colleagues, we had almost daily communication going on. I wasn’t expecting this at all.’
‘Also Kiek Brink I shouldn’t forget to mention. She supports me as well in an excellent and very personal way.’
‘I feel I owe both Bart and Kiek a lot and I feel lucky that I met them and that they were representing me in this case.’
‘I have also found the Van Doorne team to be very responsive (managing tight timescales very well) and, perhaps most importantly, very pragmatic and commercial with their advice.’
‘Louis Jonker is very good at explaining the implications of Dutch law to a non-Dutch lawyer in a commercially pragmatic manner.’
‘Van Doorne has broad knowledge of legal/regulatory aspects of a business in technology, commercial and regulatory. This is specifically beneficial if you are a regulated business. The model applied is also suitable for small and medium-sized businesses where van Doorne is a partner that can grow with a company as you implement your own legal departments.’
‘Arno Voerman is the most knowledgeable lawyer on regulatory and legal aspects related to payments in the Netherlands I have met. He is the authority in this area. In the incidental cases where he did not know the answer his network and drive ensured he comes up with an answer very quickly.’
‘Louis Jonker has a strong background in technology related contracts and the ability to properly manage related liability questions towards clients and partners.’
‘The firm has a good knowledge of healthcare business. High standards in execution and delivering on promised dates. Specific knowledge of contracting software vendors.’
‘Good knowledge and maps IT issues to legal contracts.’
‘Very knowledgeable regarding licensing of technology and unique aspects of Dutch law on licences. Practical approach that helped craft solutions instead of acting as a blocker.’
‘Their partners understand our industry and the nature of legal contracts we have with our suppliers.’
‘We have primarily worked with two contacts at VD in our recent activities: Bart van Reeken and Kiek Brink. Both individuals worked effectively to provide solutions for a complex set of legal issues which resulted in shortening the expected duration of the contract negotiations.’
‘Hands-on, pragmatic and highly qualified practice which keep on finding the best results from a legal perspective with continuously keeping in mind the business interests.’
‘Louis Jonker stands out as an eager, smart, highly driven and fast delivering lawyer who always delivers up to and beyond our high expectations. In his domains, he is one of a kind.’
CBS (Statistics Netherlands)
European Merchant Services (EMS)
Hrvatska Lutrija (Croatian Lottery)
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
‘s Heeren Loo
TransIP Group B.V.
At Van Doorne, the team's strong links with other relevant practice areas such as tax and IP make the firm a popular choice for media projects and ventures that require combined expertise. The team offers clients 'understanding of the relevant market, quick analysis of the problems involved and very practical advice' on matters ranging from M&A to disputes. Her 'great knowledge' and 'sharp focus' make Kriek Wille, who heads the practice jointly with Jeroen Sombezki, 'a joy to work with'. Also noted are technology specialist Louis Jonker and Marjolijn Lips, a key contact for employment matters.
‘Understanding of the relevant market, quick analysis of the problems involved and very practical advice.‘
‘Kriek Wille is one of the most creative and quick thinkers in her field. She is also very flexible and always puts her clients’ needs first. It is a joy to work with her.‘
‘The media and technology team acts very quickly and to the point on difficult legal issues.‘
Branchevereniging voor Telecom Grootgebruikers (BTG) (industry association for major telecoms users)
Erdee Media Group
Keesing Media Group
Netherlands Lottery Organization
Walt Disney Co
Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
Best Practice World
Industry focus: retail Tier 1
Van Doorne's clients point to its 'wide variety of expertise and in-depth knowledge' as a key strength of the group. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld is highly rated for her skills in retail-related contracting and litigation, Onno Boerstra focuses on M&A including buy-outs, and Elisabeth Thole brings data protection expertise, while Els de Wind handles international labour and employment law. The team provides retailers, distributors, suppliers, franchisors, brand owners and investors with a comprehensive service including advice on cross-border expansions.
‘Van Doorne has a very quick and adequate service and advice with thorough expertise. And they go beyond that, by proactively advising on related matters and/or risks that should be considered, so that as a client you feel really helped and comforted in handling the case.’
‘Their wide variety of expertise and in-depth knowledge and adequate approach to a wide variety of complex topics. The ability to address topics in the essence of its potential issues and separating the important from the unimportant.’
‘Their level of expertise and benchmark know-how. Each individual is a lead expert in their segment and they take away the burden for a company that is dedicated to focus on its own day-to-day business. Upon urgent matters each individual was either directly available at hand or ready to handle quickly after.’
‘Great to the point expertise and great customer focus. All disciplines in-house and flexible.’
‘Lisette Bieleveld is very dedicated. Excellent organiser and keeps to planning and promises. Realistic at the same time. Solid and up to date knowledge.’
Aberdeen Asset Management
Bottega VenetaSA/Bottega Veneta Holding
CBR Fashion Group
Dutch State Lottery
Hans Anders Retail Group
Laboratoires La Prairie
LG CNS Europe
M7 Real Estate
McArthurGlenGroup/Simon Property Group Interactive
Retail Estates N.V.
Schwan-STABILOSchwanhäuber GmbH &Co.
TW Steel Europe
Walt Disney Company
Insurance Tier 1
Van Doorne is 'a leading practice for professional liability and D&O liability', providing 'excellent knowledge' and 'good connections to the London market'. The firm is experienced in acting for the insurers of the directors, as defence, coverage, and monitoring counsel, focusing especially on clients from the not-for-profit sector, among them healthcare companies and housing corporations. Other work includes policy drafting and supervision of the insurance sector. The team, headed by the 'highly skilled' Annemieke Hendrikse and the 'extremely efficient' Walter Hendriksen, was further bolstered by the arrival of experienced litigator Willeke van Spanje at senior associate level from Van Traa Advocaten.
‘Walter Hendriksen: stands out with all of his experience. He is extremely efficient when solving all kind of disputes. Sjoerd Kamerbeek: youngest talent within the partner group.‘
‘In-depth knowledge of insurance practice. Leading practice in professional liability and D&O liability.‘
‘Outstanding in the insurance market and maintain in a pleasant and convincing way the relationship with clients: insurers and insurance-brokers.‘
‘Very capable D&O practice! One of the three best in The Netherlands.‘
‘Annemieke Hendrikse is much appreciated for her in-depth knowledge in D&O policies and practices, her hands-on approach as monitoring counsel (and willingness to explore practical solutions), and professionalism as regards defence positions of D&Os.‘
‘We have worked only with Annemieke Hendrikse on a complex multi-jurisdictional D&O matter involving issues of Dutch law and she proved to be highly skilled and able to understand complex matters not only from the perspective of her legal system. She is a true expert in insurance law, which is also our main field of expertise, and we appreciated her deep understanding of the D&O insurance market.‘
‘High qualification and prompt availability.‘
‘The insurance team is top of the market in the Netherlands. The team puts a lot of effort into efficiency and therefore is able to invoice reasonable rates when compared to other similar firms.‘
‘Excellent knowledge of the insurance industry, particularly the D&O market. Regularly acting as monitoring counsel of insurers, acting in a cooperative and constructive manner serving the interests of both insurers and insureds. This is not common.‘
‘Leading insurance practice for the Netherlands with good connections to the London market.‘
Construction Tier 2Van Doorne is primarily focused on non-contentious construction matters, advising developers on large-scale commercial and residential projects, including acting for several housing corporations and assisting large corporates with construction and redevelopment of retail premises. The firm also has substantial experience of healthcare-related redevelopment and construction projects, often acting for hospital operators and academic institutions. The practice is led by Mark Moolhuizen and Annerie Ploumen. Jordie Bakker is a name to note among the more junior ranks.
‘Van Doorne is able to think along with the client and combines that with their expertise.‘
‘The team delivers with high speed, high quality, no nonsense advise and drafts to decide upon.‘
‘Van Doorne has a team that has a great deal of and varied knowledge. They work quickly and listen carefully to customer demand. They always have a clear picture of the risks.‘
‘Mark Moolhuizen is able to provide advice that gives direction to the discussion in a way that, while he is on ‘your’ side, gives a pragmatic solution for all parties involved. Together with Jordie Bakker he is able to bring a concept agreement back to the core without taking a risk of not covering all relevant topics.‘
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Aloysius Foundation Education Institute
Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)
Care Property Invest
Dar Al-Handasah Consultants
De Nijs Construction
De Rooi Pannen
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Housing Corporation Woonbron
Housing Corporation De Key
Housing Corporation Eigen Haard
Housing Corporation Waterweg Wonen
Inter IKEA Systems
Kentucky Fried Chicken
LIFE (Living in a funky environment)
Municipality of Amstelveen
Municipality of Helmond
Niersman Construction Company
PRA Health Sciences
Radboud University Hospital
ROC van Amsterdam
SM Prime Holdings Inc.
Vahstal Construction Company
Vollers Real Estate
Xior Student Housing
Zaans Medical Centre
The dispute resolution team at Van Doorne is instructed across the spectrum of litigation work, and is particularly recommended for class actions, shareholder disputes and corporate litigation, representing clients in some of the market's largest cases. Additionally, the firm is frequently instructed in professional liability cases, with a team led by dispute resolution practice co-head Walter Hendriksen receiving instructions from law firms and auditors, as well as maintaining a strong presence in director's and officer's liability matters. Hendriksen's fellow practice head Jasper Leedekerken is involved in a broader range of work, with mass litigation and securities disputes being two stand-out areas. Corporate litigation specialist Sjoerd Kamerbeek is also recommended.
‘The team is legally very strong. This is reflected in a great deal of creativity when it comes to approaching a procedure. Great and up-to-date knowledge of legislation and case law. In addition, the people are eager and tenacious and extremely verbally competent. This contributes to a successful process.’
‘A smart, capable, diligent team that develops good winning strategy and makes themselves available for urgent situations when it matters.‘
‘Lisette Bieleveld is the first person to call if I am in a jam with any commercial legal disputes.‘
‘I work with Jasper Leedekerken and Walter Hendriksen, both excellent litigators with lots of court experience and a good feeling of what is achievable in court.‘
‘Sjoerd Kammerbeek is a real rising star in the industry. Sjoerd is immensely capable, able to drive proceedings forward and has a mastery of the legal and corporate landscape. He always works according to the budget, is strategically-focused and has excellent response times. A huge asset. ‘
‘They are very responsive and have good financial (disputes) sector knowledge.‘
The Fruit Farm Group / Greenyard
Danube Foods Group
Dutch State Lottery
MFEX Mutual Funds Exchange
Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw
Innsworth Advisors Limited
Unitel International Holdings B.V.
Tokeyna Managament Limited
PHP Holding Oy
Environment and planning Tier 2Van Doorne advises local and provincial authorities as well as private developers on a range of environment and zoning issues and clients praise the team's 'expertise and creativity'. Cees Kniestedt leads the practice and is experienced in real estate law, from project development to construction. Key clients include Loro Parque Fundacion, Municipality of Gooise Meren, and Hornbach Nederland. Key highlights include senior team member Annet Blokhuis representing Loro Parque in court in relation to the relocation of orca Morgan.
‘Specialists in multiple fields‘.
‘Expertise and creativity‘.
Loro Parque Fundacion
Hornbach Nederland B.V.
Struik Quality Foods N.V.
Municipality of Gooise Meren
Municipality of Amstelveen
Shi Hotel Group
Rederij Kooij B.V.
Jaba Pot B.V.
DNB (De Nederlandse Bank)
Dusness Onroerend Goed B.V.
‘s Heeren Loo
Project finance and PFI Tier 2
Van Doorne houses a construction practice with strong PFI experience, and acts for leading consortia and lenders providing credit facilities to consortia; it also advises on the tenderer side. The group is noted for its track record in the hospital and healthcare financing sector, where practice co-head Roel Botter stands out, and also handles other private financing work for public sector bodies including housing corporations and educational institutions. Fellow practice head Angelique Thiele is recommended for German clients operating in the Dutch market, particularly pfandbriefbanks and insurers.
‘Angelique Thiele is very experienced and well known within the industry.’
‘The team is efficient, very experienced and able to adapt to different circumstances or counter parties. They are always looking for a practical solution for all parties involved.‘
McArthurGlen/Simon Property Group
VU Medical Centre
Meijer Realty Partners
Real estate Tier 2
The 'friendly and flexible' team at Van Doorne, is jointly headed by Mark Moolhuizen and the 'well-respected' Annerie Ploumen. The practice is a popular choice for companies active in commercial real estate, real estate developers, institutional investors, foreign and domestic banks, the Dutch government, local government bodies, housing corporations, universities, and hospitals. In a recent highlight, a team led by Andy Furr advised Retail Estates on the acquisition of the Freeland Portfolio, consisting of three large Dutch retail parks, in a matter worth €91m. Jan Roeland was a new arrival from PKF Wallast.
‘Strengths: their wide spread knowledge, flexibility, experience and perfect price/quality ratio. And the people are very friendly and respond quickly.‘
‘Friendly and flexible with high knowledge.‘
‘The real estate team at Van Doorne is very knowledgeable and able to adapt to different (difficult) counter parties. Their responses are swift and efficient. They are committed to the deal.‘
‘Arien van Heesen, Dennis Sloot, Tess Lont and Puck Nannes are all pleasant and efficient to work with. They are committed and client-oriented. They know what the client is looking for and act as a trusted adviser.‘
‘Good mix between the experience and knowledge of the “old hands” and the eagerness and new views of the “new gang”. Solid and balanced service and advice at good rates.‘
‘Annerie Ploumen carries a ton of knowledge and experience and puts it to work for the client. She is well respected by her peers (the opposition) and sees right through the younger ones.‘
‘Smart, capable team that knows their trade. Experienced counsel who are technically strong and also commercial thus able to progress transactions smoothly without always waiting for clients’ feedback.‘
‘Arien van Heesen, Friso Foppes and Desiree van der Veer are our go-to team for real estate transactions.‘
Aberdeen Standard Life
Aedes Real Estate
Banque Hapoalim Luxembourg
Care Property Invest
Catalonia Hotels & Resorts
Cromwell Property Group
De Jong Project Ontwikkeling Development
De Nijs Projectontwikkeling Development
Deutsche Bank, London Branch
Dutch City Development
Het Nieuwe Instituut
HMC Bronovo Hospital
Hornbach Holding B.V.
Housing Corporation Casade
Housing Corporation Eigen Haard
Housing Corporation Lieven de Key
Housing Corporation Waterweg Wonen
Housing Corporation Woonbron
M7 Real Estate
Municipality of Amstelveen
Municipality of Helmond
University of Amsterdam
Xior Student Housing
Zaans Medical Centre
Van Doorne's finance practice has several strong sector focuses , including healthcare and hospitals, where it is one of the market leaders, leveraged financing, and real estate finance. The firm remains popular with domestic clients, though real estate finance in particular is an area where the firm does act for substantial international clients. Roel Botter is a key contact for public sector financing work and jointly leads the team with property finance specialist Angelique Thiele.
Stern Groep N.V.
Mc Arthur Glen/ Simon Properties
The team at Van Doorne is 'pragmatic, open, realistic and with a high level of expertise' and has a particular focus on ongoing regulatory obligations and enforcement within the e-money, fintech, insurance and pension sectors. The specialisation is illustrated by recent work highlights, which includes assisting a major pension fund with a collective transfer of pension entitlements and advising a Dutch bank on its acquisition of a minority stake in a fintech start-up. Friso Foppes is the key contact. Former practice head Arno Voerman departed to Dentons in 2020.
‘Pragmatic, open, realistic and with a high level of expertise regarding regulatory matters.‘
‘Very pragmatic hands-on approach. Expert knowledge on PSD2. Feels as though the firm is part of a project team to get things done where other firms are more “distant”.‘
‘Very knowledgeable about the law and how to put it into practice.‘
At Van Doorne, the focus is on property financing, with work covering the full roster, including residential, retail, and office space, as well as hotels. In an illustration of this expertise, a team led by Stefan van Rossum advised Aareal Bank, as lender and arranger, on the €34.8m financing of the acquisition and renovation of the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. The firm's clients include Dutch and international banks, as well as alternative finance providers, among them funds and institutional investors, which the team assists with leveraged financing and corporate lending. Angelique Thiele is another key contact.
Aareal Bank AG
PGIM Real Estate
Greenoak Loan Fund
Nationale Nederlanden IP
‘Van Doorne’s arbitration practice has become considerably stronger with the arrival of Rogier Shellaars (former Simmons & Simmons partner), who, next to existing partner Bas van Zelst, also strongly focuses on arbitration.‘
‘Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst, who both also strongly focus on arbitration, lead the “new” litigation & arbitration practice at Van Doorne. Rogier is extremely hands on, sharp and pragmatic, and Bas has extensive knowledge of Dutch arbitration law. This makes them together a very strong team to handle international arbitration cases.‘
‘Good speed of service and availability of the team.‘
‘We worked with Rogier Schellaars who was able to put a multi-disciplinary team together really fast and arrange expedited arbitration proceedings that protected our company from potentially significant financial loss. This requires being available “at all hours” and making quick decisions and at the same time not compromising the quality of the output.‘
Gilde Investments / Koninklijke Swets & Zeitlinger
Caratube International Oil LLP
Republic of Indonesia
Unitel International Holdings B.V.
Tokeyna Management Limited
EU and competition Tier 3
Van Doorne has extensive experience of providing competition rules compliance advice and training. It also assists clients with ACM inquiries and the competition rules in relation to distribution arrangements. It has a notable presence in the healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services sectors. The 'excellent' Sarah Beeston and Gijs Verberne jointly lead the team and clients praise them for their 'hands-on approach' and delivering 'constructive advice'. Associate Pim Jansen is also noted.
‘A strong team with a hands-on approach. Strong in litigation before the courts and in procedures before the competition authority. Extensive experience in cartel damages claims‘.
‘Sarah Beeston is excellent‘.
‘Sarah Beeston is a respected competition practitioner with a substantial experience in (domestic) cartel cases.‘
‘Sarah Beeston is an outstanding lawyer going the extra mile for her clients. Native English speaker and strong in communication.’
‘Van Doorne are a very experienced team – they know the law, and they know exactly what information we need on the law to make informed strategic decisions. It’s a pleasure to work with them.’
Technical University Eindhoven
Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland
Private equity Tier 3
Van Doorne's private equity practice is noted for its specialist knowledge in advising the management of target companies in PE transactions, but also sponsors that invest in healthcare and FinTech. The team also assists a good number Dutch and international PE houses in transactions, and frequently acts as Dutch co-counsel with top-tier US firms when their PE clients acquire Dutch assets. Corporate/M&A practice head Jeroen Sombezki leads the department.
ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund
Deutsche Private Equity
Nimbus Private Equity
Rabobank Private Equity
TPG Sixth Street Partners
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
Van Doorne's restructuring and insolvency practice possess debt restructuring, litigation, and enforcement specialists. Practice head Stefan van Rossum leads the 'professional' team. Rossum assisted Green Swan with its acquisition of Intertoys out of bankruptcy, a notable firm highlight. Additionally, the firm advised Rabobank on the financial restructuring of the Ter Haak group.
‘Stefan Van Rossum was great‘.
Tax Tier 3
Van Doorne has an increasingly significant practice for private client tax work, and also acts for large and medium-sized businesses and their owners on issues relating to business transfers and estate planning. For national and international transactional work, Ewout van Asbeck is the key contact. Practice head Rob de Win has specialist expertise in real estate and indirect taxes. New arrival Jan Roeland regularly advises US and other non-Dutch companies on how best to structure their worldwide operations.
‘The team is always thinking in terms of seeking solutions for problems instead of thinking in impossibilities.‘
‘Arianne Bonthuis is very hands-on, is clever, quick and knows exactly the challenges firms like ours are facing.‘
Warehauses De Pauw Comm. VA (WDP)
Xior Student Housing NV
Retail Estates NV
Care Property Invest NV
With a 'good quality combination of all-round lawyers and specialists', Van Doorne handles M&A, privatisations, private equity transactions and joint ventures and leverages its sector-specific expertise. The group has also teamed up with one of Europe's leading cybersecurity companies to develop a cybersecurity audit and due diligence product for its clients. Jeroen Sombezki leads the team; Onno Boerstra handles private equity work, joint ventures and management buyouts; and Hugo Reumkens and Friso Foppes advise Dutch and foreign companies, private equity funds and other investors. Steffen Alleman is also a key name to note.
‘Good quality combination of all round lawyers and specialists, very pleasant to work with, strong client focus – they know us and make an extra effort to learn about the market.’
Ascend Performance Materials LLC
Charles River Laboratories
TPG Sixth Street Partners
TransIP Group B.V.
Stella Fietsen Holding B.V.
Volkswagen Pon FinancialServices B.V.
Van Doorne has wide-ranging experience across non-contentious and contentious IP, combining cross-border capabilities with expertise in anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and patent litigation. Practice head Kriek Wille is 'a strategic thinker and a delight to work with', and is representing Laboratoires La Prairie in a substantial trade mark and advertising law dispute with the Lidl group. Bas Pinckaers is also noted.
‘The IP team is smart, pragmatic and hands-on, and they really understand our business and the urgency of our questions’
‘Kriek Wille is a strategic thinker and a delight to work with’
CBS (Statistics Netherlands)
Erdee Media Group BV
Hunkemöller International BV
Legal & General Investment Management
LG Electronics Benelux Sales BV
O.P.I. Products, Inc
The Walt Disney Company
Laboratoires La Prairie SA
Texelse Bierbrouwerij BV
Air Supplies Holland BV
Dagelijks Leven BV
Material Handling Systems, Inc
Wibra Supermarkt BV
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Van Doorne > Firm Profile
Firm overview: Van Doorne is a multi-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With approximately 185 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for almost 90 years in a broad range oflegal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne is part of an extensive worldwide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to provide clients with advice and assistance swiftly across the globe, without being bound to any firm. Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions. This is reflected throughout the firm. From the way in which lawyers work together to the ngo’s and non profit organisations that are supported by the firm. Van Doorne ‘reaches further and stays close’. That is, first and foremost, the firm’s promise to its clients but also to its partners, associates and young talent.
International work: The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, semi-public government institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work carried out by the banking and corporate teams (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. For that purpose, over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions. Van Doorne strongly believes in the advantage to be able to instruct, and receive instructions from, top firms in other jurisdictions for international transactions.
Clients: Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for many years, and that is something to be very proud of.
For more information: www.vandoorne.com
Managing Partner: Saskia Laseur
Management Team: Saskia Laseur together with
Jasper Leedekerken and Rob de Win
Number of partners worldwide: 40
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 185
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German
|Commercial: Contracts and Litigation||Lisette Bieleveld|
|Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages||Lisette Bieleveld|
|Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages||Onno Boerstra|
|Criminal Enforcement & Internal Investigations||Jan Leliveld|
|Criminal Enforcement & Internal Investigations||Ed van Liere|
|Corporate Law||Onno Boerstra|
|Corporate Law||Hugo Reumkens|
|Employment & Pensions||Els de Wind|
|Employment & Pensions||Friso Foppes|
|European & Competition Law||Sarah Beeston|
|European & Competition Law||Gijs Verberne|
|Finance & Restructuring, Financial Institutions||Roel Botter|
|Finance & Restructuring, Financial Institutions||Stefan van Rossum|
|Public Procurement||Gijs Verberne|
|Real Estate & Construction||Cees Kniestedt|
|Healthcare & Life Sciences||Willemien Bischot|
|Healthcare & Life Sciences||Dimitri van Hoewijk|
|Information Communication Technology||Bart van Reeken|
|Dispute Settlement and Insurance Law||Walter Hendriksen|
|Dispute Settlement and Insurance Law||Jasper Leedekerken|
|Dispute Settlement and Insurance Law||Sjoerd Kamerbeek|
|Intellectual Property & Digital Media||Kriek Wille|
|Privacy & Data||Dr Elisabeth Thole|
|Real Rstate Transactions||Angelique Thiele|
|Real Estate Transactions||Ariën van Heesen|
|Real Estate and Construction||Annerie Ploumen|
|Real Estate and Construction||Mark Moolhuizen|
|Tax||Ewout van Asbeck|
|Tax||Rob de Win|
|Technology, Media & Telecom||Jeroen Sombezki|
|Technology, Media & Telecom||Kriek Wille|
|Government & Education||Saskia Laseur|
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|Mrs Sarah Beeston||View Profile|
|Mrs Lisette Bieleveld||View Profile|
|Mrs Willemien Bischot||View Profile|
|Mrs Annet Blokhuis||View Profile|
|Mr Johan Boeren||View Profile|
|Mr Onno Boerstra||View Profile|
|Mr Roel Botter||View Profile|
|Mr Friso Foppes||View Profile|
|Mr Andy Furr||View Profile|
|Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse||View Profile|
|Mr Walter Hendriksen||View Profile|
|Mrs Simone Hoogeveen||View Profile|
|Mr Pim Jansen||View Profile|
|Mr Louis Jonker||View Profile|
|Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek||View Profile|
|Mr Cees Kniestedt||View Profile|
|Mr Saskia Laseur||View Profile|
|Mr Jasper Leedekerken||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Leliveld||View Profile|
|Mrs Vanessa Liem||View Profile|
|Mrs Marjolijn Lips||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Moolhuizen||View Profile|
|Mr Bas Pinckaers||View Profile|
|Mrs Annerie Ploumen||View Profile|
|Mrs Fleur Potter||View Profile|
|Mrs Cara Pronk||View Profile|
|Mr Hugo Reumkens||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Roeland||View Profile|
|Mr Rogier Schellaars||View Profile|
|Mr Jeroen Sombezki||View Profile|
|Mr Steven Sterk||View Profile|
|Mr Sjoerd Stokmans||View Profile|
|Mr Arnout Stroeve||View Profile|
|Mrs Angelique Thiele||View Profile|
|Dr Elisabeth Thole||View Profile|
|Mr Gijs Verberne||View Profile|
|Mrs Alexandra Weidner||View Profile|
|Mrs Kriek Wille||View Profile|
|Mr Özer Zivali||View Profile|
|Mr Cees Jan de Boer||View Profile|
|Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg||View Profile|
|Mr Rob de Win||View Profile|
|Mrs Els de Wind||View Profile|
|Mr Daan ter Braak||View Profile|
|Mr Ewout van Asbeck||View Profile|
|Mr Ariën van Heesen||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk||View Profile|
|Mr Ed van Liere||View Profile|
|Mr Albert van Marwijk Kooy||View Profile|
|Mr Bart van Reeken||View Profile|
|Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena||View Profile|
|Mr Stefan van Rossum||View Profile|
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|Mr Bas van Zelst||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 175
LanguagesDutch English French German
OtherOther office : London
Van Doorne believes in the power of diversity and change. Another perspective, free and open communication, and respect for each other are crucial to improving ourselves. Our success derives from being an organisation in which every employee works at the peak of their inspiration and capacities.
Our society is multi-coloured and diverse. Van Doorne wants its workforce to reflect that. Diversity fits seamlessly with our informal and open organisation. We are a firm where people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, neurology, gender and sexual orientation are given scope to develop initiatives, take responsibility and be themselves. That way, we can offer the inventiveness and the open mind that lead to the best solutions.
Male/Female ratio virtually equal
Saskia Laseur is our Managing Partner and she leads by example. Our diversity policy has been acknowledged and encouraged in the form of various awards and distinctions we have received for successful policy in the legal profession. By signing the Charter Talent to the Top in 2008, we committed to a real, self-selected objective for more female talent in the top and sub-top levels.
- Almost one third of our partners are female
- The male/female ratio of fee-earners is almost equally balanced
More cultural diversity and less distance
We aim at diversity in terms of cultural background, religion and ethnicity as well. We help reduce the distance between graduates from minority sectors and the labour market. We have done this, together with VU University Amsterdam, partly by building a bridge to students from a non-Western background. We also have close relationships with student associations for students from a non-Western background.
In the application process, we use culture-fair cognitive tests to ensure that no ethnic or cultural group will have an unfair advantage over another.
In our office, we have a faith room to give individuals of any faith the opportunity to undertake their own specific religious practices.
Our belief in diversity is nothing new. In the past, Van Doorne signed the declaration of intent named ‘Diversity within the legal profession’ from a wholehearted conviction.
Acknowledgement, acceptance and visibility of LGBT individuals
We have been closely involved with Stichting Forward from the outset. Forward is a foundation that focuses on promoting LGBT acceptance, acknowledgement and visibility within the Dutch legal profession. One of our lawyers, candidate civil-law notary Andy Furr, is a member of the Supervisory Board of this progressive organisation.
Each year, we celebrate Pride together at the office and we support the annual international competition Pride Photo Award. We exhibit the photos in our office, to stimulate conversations about sexual diversity and gender diversity.
At Van Doorne, we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves, including in the area of diversity. As of February 2020, we will start with a diversity scan at the firm. This research will be conducted under the guidance of a diversity expert and will focus on various forms of diversity. The aim of the scan is to inform and accelerate our policy on diversity.
Van Doorne assists Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V. on the sale by Mahindra Comviva to a consortium of investors, comprising of IFC, Partech and Prime Ventures and the subsequent investment round. Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V. is a FinTech company (spin out of Mahindra Comviva), providing B2B global transaction processing, clearing and settlement services to payment service providers (i.e. mobile wallets) as well as related value-added services. Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V. was founded in 2014 and incubated by Comviva Technologies Ltd, a leading provider of value-added services for mobile operators. Comviva is majority owned by the multinational technology provider Tech Mahindra, which is a part of the Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group.
Van Doorne advised Scandinavian Tobacco Group in the acquisition of all the shares in the capital of Agio Beheer B.V. from Highlands Beheer B.V. Agio Beheer B.V. is the holding company of the Royal Agio Cigars group (“Royal Agio”). The acquisition will be financed by cash at hand and debt. The transaction is subject to satisfactory conclusion of a statutory employee consultation process in The Netherlands and subsequent completion will require approval from competition authorities in certain European jurisdictions.
Royal Agio is a leading European cigar company with a strong portfolio including brands as Mehari’s, Panter and Balmoral. The company is based in Duizel, the Netherlands and has approximately 3,200 full-time employees.
Van Doorne advised Altor Equity Partners and its portfolio company Trioplast Group on its acquisition of the Dutch company Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging, a leading player in solutions for load stability and food packaging, from JPF Netherlands BV, an entity of B.C. Jindal group. We covered the entire range of services in this buy side mandate, including term sheet and SPA negotiations, a full scope due diligence, merger filings in the Netherlands and Germany, financing and structuring.
Van Doorne advised Hill Top 4, a joint venture between Equity Estate and Arzan Wealth on its acquisition of the shares in the capital of Spectrum GP B.V., HB West NL GP B.V. and HB Cascade GP B.V. and the participation rights in Spectrum NL CV, West NL C.V. and HB Cascade Owner NL C.V. which companies own and operate Quarter Offices in Amsterdam, and the related roll-over of the existing bank financing.
The Quarter Offices portfolio comprises three high quality office buildings – Quarter Plaza, Quarter Podium and Quarter Avenue – with a total lettable floor area of approximately 26,150 sqm and 431 parking spaces. Large tenants such as Aon, DPA, Maandag and Robert Half International are located in Quarter Offices.
HighBrook Investors acquired the three buildings in the past two and a half years in three separate transactions. After completing major renovations in all three building, the buildings were re-introduced to the market as high quality office buildings with high services and facilities under the brand name Quarter Offices where facilities between buildings are being shared. Since acquisition more than 22,000 sqm LFA of office space has been leased out, meaning that the overall portfolio occupancy has gone up from under 10% to 86%.
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- Data privacy and data protection
- Dispute resolution: Mediation
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Industry focus: Food
- Industry focus: Information technology
- Industry focus: Media and entertainment
- Industry focus: retail
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Environment and planning
- Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
- Project finance and PFI
- Real estate
- Banking and finance: Borrower side
- Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
- Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- EU and competition
- Private equity
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Commercial, corporate and M&a
- Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights